Deserving of Dentistry

July 01, 2004

There may be no branch of equine veterinary medicine that is advancing as quickly as equine dentistry. As recently as a decade ago, it was still considered adequate to feel along the sides of a horse's first upper cheek teeth and decide, based o... Read More


Alberta Court Upholds Farrier's Right to Float Horse Teeth

May 01, 2004

The technicalities of defining veterinary medicine were tested in February in the Alberta, Canada, Court of Appeal when three appeal court justices ruled that a farrier was not guilty of illegally practicing veterinary medicine when he floated... Read More


Prevention for the Masses

January 01, 2004

Veterinary care doesn't come cheap. While conscientious horse owners realize that disease prevention is ultimately cheaper than disease treatment, when you have five, or 15, or 50 horses to care for and limits on your budget, you need to look... Read More


Jutted Jaw in a Foal

January 01, 2004

Q: Our foal was born with something that our veterinarian called a "jutted jaw." Can you provide any information on this condition and what, if anything, needs to be done about it?


Brushing Horses' Teeth

November 01, 2003

Q: Is there anything we can use on a horse's teeth to get all the gunk off and the grass out of their gums? Is it okay to use toothpaste?      Chantel

A: Horses'... Read More


Foaming at the Mouth

April 01, 2003

Q: My friend's 3-year-old filly plays with her tongue so much that she foams at the mouth (without a bit). She also plays with the rails in her stalls at feeding time such that she has foam all over. She is not cribbing or... Read More


New Equine Dentist for the University of Florida

March 24, 2003

Toots Banner, DVM, an equine veterinary dentist, was recently hired by the University of Florida’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to provide service to clients on-site and in the field.
Banner said, “Unlike the farrier, whose... Read More


Braces for Horses?

March 01, 2003

I read in a magazine that you can have braces put on a horse for an overbite. How can I find out about this? ... Read More


Equine Dentistry Discussed

March 01, 2003

I think we need to change the way we think about a lot of dental problems. The abnormal wear often is not the problem--the long tooth is often the healthiest tooth with nothing keeping it from erupting correctly. ... Read More


AAEP Convention: Horseman's Day

March 01, 2003

Horseman's Day, held for the third time as part of the annual AAEP convention, was another rousing success. Helping stimulate the interest and enthusiasm was the quality of the speakers. They couched their talks in terms the average horse owner... Read More


Could Power Dentistry Equipment Cause Harm?

January 28, 2003

The use of power equipment in the field of equine dentistry has been a great aid to equine practitioners. One advantage is that it lets the practitioner complete major dental corrections before sedation wears off. However, could these power tools be ... Read More


Surgical Removal of Bone Spurs Caused by Bit Damage

January 21, 2003

If your horse is tossing his head or hanging his tongue out while being ridden, going “behind the vertical,” or bearing into the bit, then bone spurs might be the reason. Bone spurs are inflammations of the membrane of fibrous connective tissue... Read More


A Look at Dental Radiology

January 15, 2003

Easley discussed how open-mouth radiographs can be invaluable tools for the equine practitioner in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of dental abnormalities. He believes that radiology has not been used enough in the field by practitioners.... Read More


Horseman's Day at the 2002 AAEP Convention

December 17, 2002

Horseman’s Day, held for the third time as part of the annual AAEP convention, was another rousing success. There weren’t as many people in attendance as there were in San Diego last year, but they were just as enthusiastic. AAEP officials said... Read More


AAEP 2002 Geriatric Dentistry Table Topic

December 12, 2002

"Dental Care and Management of the Geriatric Patient" was the focus of one lunchtime Table Topic on Dec. 5, with topics ranging from diet selection to systemic illness to sedation. With veterinarians filling all seats and standing against... Read More


Periodontal Disease in Horses

December 01, 2002

University veterinary hospitals and private practitioners have begun to treat and prevent periodontal disease in horses with a new piece of dental equipment called the Equine Dental System. The Universities of Georgia (UGa), Illinois, and... Read More


Advances in Equine Dentistry

November 01, 2002

It often is very difficult to break free from old customs, habits, and traditions. This holds especially true in the horse world. Horsekeeping is steeped in the rich traditions of a long, colorful history. Many of these time-honored customs... Read More


Periodontal Disease in Horses Becomes a Priority

October 30, 2002

University veterinary hospitals and private practitioners have begun to treat and prevent periodontal disease in horses with a new piece of dental equipment called the Equine Dental System. The Universities of Georgia, Illinois, and California... Read More


Providing Care for Your Senior Horse

August 01, 2002

Technology and advances in medicine have given us tools to keep our horses alive longer.... Read More


Don't You Stick Your Tongue Out at Me!

May 01, 2002

My 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare sticks her tongue out when I ride her, especially when asked to accept the bit... Read More


Dental Correction and Feed Digestibility

March 13, 2002

Equine dental abnormalities are among the top five most common medical problems encountered by equine veterinarians. Clinical evidence has shown that horses with severe tooth hooks and points that were corrected gained weight... Read More


Bits and Bitting (AAEP 2001)

February 01, 2002

"Bits and bridles are for communication," Bennett told the sizable group that gathered to hear the three-person presentation. "They are not handles to stabilize the rider in the saddle or instruments for punishing the horse."... Read More


More Than a Toothache

October 16, 2001

Many practitioners have developed great dental skills and have expanded their dental services. However, clients aren't using them! Dental care is more that just "floating" teeth. There are many steps you can integrate into your program to improv... Read More


Understanding Your Horse's Teeth

October 05, 2001

Horses have a unique dental structure. Their teeth are divided into two major sections: the incisors, which are the teeth seen in the front of the horse's mouth, and the cheek teeth, made up of the premolars and molars. The molars and... Read More


Baby Teeth

March 01, 2001

Perhaps one of the most neglected aspects of equine health, until a problem manifests itself, is the monitoring and care of a young horse's baby teeth. After all, they are only temporary and are shed at various stages to make way for permanent... Read More